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Project Cortex Roadmap (21 July 2020)

Introduction

This is a update to the Nov 2019 blog, and contains latest public domain information related to Project Cortex. Please note that all the information is provided without warranty or guarantee of accuracy. Microsoft may change dates, features, definitions and priorities at any time - and you should therefore double-check any information provided below before relying on it for any decisions or plans you are about to make. Feel free to contact me to discuss more or to let me know of any details below that are out of date or incorrect.

Predictions for 2019

Well they never said this job would be easy! Looking back on my predictions for 2018 I can see that they fell into two camps – the rise of AI and the rise of employee power. I’d say that AI has made significant strides in 2018 but that, as yet, it’s not increased its reach in the business world as fast as I’d predicted. So that makes the 2019 predictions very straightforward – AI will become a dominant force in the business world next year. Or will it?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) – State of Play Summer 2018

We all know much more about AI than we realise. We’re already consuming it in our daily lives when searching, when using online map services, when we are shopping online or when choosing something to watch in the evening when we wind down. 

So, if it is already so pervasive, why is AI not old news? Why are we discussing it so much now and why are we pondering so excessively over our future with AI? 

Three things may explain why it is coming up in nearly every technology strategy and roadmap discussion I am in. 

How many five minutes can you find?

I'm finding myself thinking a lot about 5 minute blocks. I see these blocks of time all around me - my day is made up of them. 

Often they annoy me because I could have done more in those 5 minutes. I am mainly aware of this during my working day. Outside of work I don’t mind so much. I quite enjoy having an extra 5 minutes where I'm not expected to do anything - to watch the kids play a mindless PS4 game, or convincing my wife that it is OK to chill for 5 minutes.

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